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Leading California Bail Bonds Company Owner Offers Insights and Advice on Bail Bonds Process

There is often a misunderstanding about posting bail bonds for people after being arrested. It can appear on the outside a bit of a shadowy process, but there are often very specific steps that a person needs to take when an arrest happens and bail bonds are needed.

That’s part of the excellent advice offered in recent books written on the bail bonds industry by Sean Cook, owner/operator of a top California bail bonds company. The industry-leading guides are “Bail Bonds 101” and “Bail Bonds 201”. In the books, Cook explains the nuts and bolts about the bail business, its history and how aspiring people can look to bail bonds as a future career.

“Bail bondsmen play an important role in today’s society and criminal justice field,” says Cook, whose Premiere Bail Bonds company has been in businesBail Bondss for nearly 20 years in California. “I wrote these books to help people learn more about this business, what to do when bail is needed and how they can choose the bail bond industry for a fulfilling career option.”

But let’s get to nuts and bolts – how do bail bonds work? When we asked Cook to walk us through a typical arrest and bail situation, he provided a clear overview of how normal people in an arrest situation should expect.

“Essentially it starts with a call from a lawyer or person. Let’s say we get a call from a mother, and her son was just arrested and is in jail, and bail was set at $10,000,” Cook says. “We call the jail, get all the booking information, charges and we help to set up a court date.

“Then, we meet with the mother, who would co-sign all of our paperwork. That essentially says that she promises that her son will appear in court when he’s supposed to, and actually appear in court each and every time he’s supposed to, because it’s not just one court date, it’s usually three, four, five, or even 10 court dates.

“She guarantees his appearance to us, and pays our commission on the bail (roughly 10%). As long as the arrested persona goes to court each and every time he’s supposed to, that’s all the client ever pays us,” continues Cook.

But what happens if the defendant fails to show up?

“If the person skips out on court, then we as the bails bonds company get a 6‑month period to go find him. If we find him in that time, then nobody pays the $10,000 bail fine. If we don’t find him in that time, then we would seek the $10,000 bail fee from the mother so we can payoff the court. That doesn’t happen too often, though; we’re pretty good at finding those folks.”

Cook shares these stories with experience and knowledge.  He is owner of a leading bail bonds company, a certified bail agent level 5 and a past course instructor, as well as an author of the two guidelines to the industry. What advice does he offer young people looking to the bail bond industry?

“It’s not often an area in which young people often think about starting a career,” says Cook, “but if a person wants to have his own small business, working with the criminal judicial system, you can’t beat the experience, benefits and rewards.”

Bail Bonds Company Are Beneficial for More than Release

No one expects to have to bail a loved one out of jail.  When that phone call comes it is the worst of news and a scary situation for the entire family.  A decision will have to be made about whether to bail the accused out of jail.  There are many personal reasons for doing so.  But if that time comes, there are just as many reasons to consider going with a bail bondsman.  A bail bonds company do more than just gain your release.  Consider the following reasons to take advantage of bail bond opportunities.
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First, there is the money savings to consider – and this isn’t a small matter!  Money is often the first point of concern when considering bail.  Think about how the bail process works.

When bail is set, a bondsman negotiates a fee for the bail to secure the accused release using collateral (something to guarantee the money will be paid back).  Trying to pay the full bail is a huge financial burden for many people.  Additionally, bail bonds allow you to avoid having to provide personal information or cash transfers with multiple people or financial institutions.  There is only one company involved – Premiere Bail Bonds.

Statistically, people released on bond have a 90% chance appearing in court.  With family involvement in the bail bond process, the accused has more reason to make sure he or she appears at the appropriate time.  More people involved also makes rehabilitation (if necessary) far more likely.

In some cases, bail bonds allow you to impose conditions on the accused release, if you feel that is an appropriate measure to take.  This can be especially true for drug arrests.  For example, if you are the cosigner of a bond and you believe the defendant should complete a treatment program for substance abuse, you may be able to require that as condition of bail.  Further, bail bonds allow you to safeguard your assets by coordinating the defendant’s return to confinement in the event that he or she chooses to miss a court date or otherwise doesn’t appear to answer for the charges filed.

When the unthinkable happens, you want to be assured that your privacy is paramount.  Premiere Bail Bonds is dedicated to protecting your privacy.  Even our employees have restricted access to the private information of our clients.  Confidentiality is critical.  While we occasionally need to share information with other service providers to obtain a release, this information is strictly outlined on our website under the “Privacy” tab.

Premiere Bail Bonds allows you the convenience of using bail agents who are very familiar with paperwork you likely are very unfamiliar with.  Because we have experience from multiple perspectives, we can anticipate and advise families as to their various options.  We can also arrange bail in many areas and jurisdictions, which may help prevent arrest by coordinating bail in that area.  Trust our nearly two decades of experience in the field by allowing us to assist you in this time of need.

Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions About Bail Bonds

When an issue arises and someone you love is in trouble, there are a lot of questions about what to do next and many more about bail bonds. Here are some answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about bail bonds.

Am I entitled to bail? 
Although guarding against excessive bail is a right, there is no guarantee that you will get the chance to post bail.  Bail is determined by a judge who takes several factors into account, including whether or not you would be considered a flight risk for not returning to court or if the crime constitutes a public safety risk, any previous criminal history you have, etc.

What factors go into determining bail?  There are several factors in play when bail is determined.  Among them will be any previous criminal history.  If bail has ever been set before, your history of appearance in court will be considered.  If you have regular employment, community connections and family ties to the area, these also help determine bail in a positive way.  Character and mental state are also taken into consideration. 

bail bonds faqs   Premiere Bail BondsWhat is a bail bond?  Bail bonds are a percentage of the original bail amount, usually 10%.  This bond is a promise that you will return to court when the court system requires you to.  You will usually need a cosigner for a bail bond and that person will be responsible for ensuring that the full amount of bail and any expenses are paid should you miss your court date. 

Who can cosign for a bail bond?  Typically a friend or family member cosigns a bail bond for you.  In general, they need to be employed and have rented or owned a home in the area for a while.

Do I have to use a bail bond agent?  Of course not.  But there are many advantages to doing so.  For one thing, you get the advantage of the nearly two decades of experience in negotiating bail issues that a business like Premiere Bail Bonds can offer.

What if the person I posted bond for does not appear in court?  If the defendant does not appear in court as promised, then a bench warrant will be issued for his or her arrest.  The bail then becomes payable in full unless the defendant is recovered in a timely fashion.  You may still be responsible for any costs in recovering the defendant.

When does my bond expire?  The bail bond expires when the case is concluded, whether you are found innocent or guilty.  At that point, the liability for the bond is finished.  Any fees owed to the agent must still be paid.

What are Rewrite Bonds vs. Reassumptions and how do they work?

One common question that many people ask is: What is the difference between rewrite bonds and reassumptions?

Rewrites
A rewrite bond is a bond that is rewritten for a previous bond with the same charges. It comes into play when the District Attorney hasn’t filed charges on a case and the court exonerates the bond. It is at the discretion of the bail bond company if they choose to write a rewrite bond or not. Bail bond companies will typically rewrite a bond for a limited amount of time after the first bond is exonerated, usually up to 90 days or so. If the court requires a new bond at a higher amount than the first bond often times a bail bond company will issue credit for the first bond and the client will only pay the difference.  

Reassumptions
These are often confused with rewrites. They are very similar on the surface but quite different in nature. This is when a defendant fails to appear in court or is late for court and the judge issues a bench warrant. A reassumption is essentially a permission slip that the defendant missed court. It’s a note to the court that the Surety is willing to reassume the bond. These are issued at the discretion of the bail bonds company and typically do not cost anything. If the company feels that there is a low risk in issuing a reassumption it is likely they will issue one. If the company feels the defendant is a high risk and likely to abscond they will likely send out Bail Enforcement Agents to return the client back to custody.